Our names are Scotty and Fiddy and we hitchhiked to all 50 state capitols in 50 consecutive days. We started in Times Square on October 10th 2006 and ended in Honolulu on November 28th 2006. It was awesome. Email us: hitch50@gmail.com. Thanks to everyone who made it possible, it was fun! Read about our trip here.
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Lincoln, NE

Dusty sped us into Lincoln on Thursday night, arriving shortly before the witching hour. We got our jump on at the capitol, then looked for a place to stay. Dusty is a good Nebraska guy, he's even getting married in a few months and starting up his own software business. Not bad Dusty, not bad.

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Joe called us up as we were coming into town and offered a place to stay. Joe has a sweet new house in the Lincoln suburbs, and offered up some rooms for us. He works as a local carpenter and wanted to have us over. He even hooked us up with food before we left in the morning.

Tom had arranged to pick us up Friday morning at Joe's house. He took a couple hours off work from the hospital to take us out of town. Tom let us off in York one hour outside of Lincoln, with about eight more hours of corn fields before Cheyenne or Denver. We got going on the side of the highway and waited, and waited, and waited. Then we waited a couple more hours. This gave us time to think back to Day One when Ed from Massachusetts sang us the Nebraska fight song.


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We even had a sign saying "Colorad", the O didn't fit, but got nobody. We did watch all the college kids with Colorado plates drive home for Thanksgiving though. Finally after waiting on a cold, windy on-ramp Armando pulled over.

Armando speaks very little English, and we speak very little Spanish. In fact, we highly doubt he will ever see this web site. We tried to tell him about it, but there's no way he knew what we were talking about. He just responded with a friendly smile and laugh. Armando was our second non-English speaking driver, but he was the first driver to frisk us. It wasn't even at the beginning of the ride, after driving a half hour or so, he asked us to pull over (Scotty was driving), got us out of the car and frisked us. He patted us down as the construction workers beside us looked on puzzled. He seemed pleased with our lack of weapons, so we got back in the car and continued west. So, why was Scotty driving? We don't really know, he wanted one of us to drive, and we needed to make up some lost time, so off we go. Armando was a really nice guy, but we don't really know what his full story is. Couldn't find out what he's doing in Nebraska, what he likes to do, or why he drove us here to Ogallala, in western Nebraska. Either way, we parted ways with big high-fives while he shouted "Amigos!"



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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on getting this far. Looks like you're on the final stretch now, and could finish off the mainland states by next weekend.

Any word yet on how you're getting to Hawaii?

5:23 AM  
Blogger Joshua Miller said...

Psst...Nebraska is NE; New Brunswick is NB.

8:02 AM  
Blogger Joshua Miller said...

Psst...Nebraska is NE, New Brunswick is NB. That Armando story is the best story I think I've heard yet. Great stuff!

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY, GUYS,
WHAT GOES WITH THE GPS. MAP LOOKS AS THOUGH YOU HAD A PLANE RIDE FROM KEARNEY TO AGALLALA. YOUR POST SAYS YOU (SCOTTY)WERE DRIVING THE CAR AND NOT HAVING MUCH CONVERSATION. NO WONDER YOU "FLEW"

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Armando story is without a doubt the funniest experience you guys have recounted for us. Armando rules!

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Armando story is without a doubt the funniest story you have recounted for us so far. Armando rules!

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE that Nebraska fight song video!!!!
GO BIG RED!!!!

7:35 AM  
Blogger famechaser said...

Long live Maxima driving, frisking, Armando! Did you show him the 'Thunder Ponies' looking photo BEFORE or AFTER you were frisked? This is key.

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on this trip, i would consider it dangerous. Lincoln,ne is boring hey. I have lived here for many years and finally have the courage to leave, humboldt county here i come.sb

9:17 AM  

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